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Commissioner Sue Gunzburger

Broward County Commission, District 6

October 1st, and a new fiscal year begins for Broward County.  At times you read or hear in the media about County Commission and County agency missteps, project delays, and other negative unintended operational consequences  However, national  recognition of the Broward County Commission’s best business practices and achievements goes with little, or without any, similar media coverage.  Accordingly, I would like to showcase some of the outstanding awards in an amazing variety of categories Broward County received this past fiscal year.

Specific to Commission District 6, North Perry Airport clinched top honors at the 44th Annual Florida Airport Conference in August.  North Perry was named the “2013 General Aviation Airport of the Year” for outstanding achievements in airport aesthetics, safety, and services. North Perry Airport received this award for the first time, though the Airport was given the Federal Aviation Administration’s Runway Safety Award in 2010.

Also in August, Broward County received seven (7) different National Association of Counties’ (NACO’s) Awards for superior innovation in county government operations. NACo is the only national organization representing US county governments that qualitatively and quantitatively evaluates county government initiatives to improve public services. The awards were for the: Go Solar Rooftop Program, Parks Campground Public Wi-Fi Services, Environmental Stewardship Partnership with Schools, Reduction In Force Job Placement Support Services, Electronic Procurement/Purchasing  Documents Repository, Countywide Digital Mobile Apps Capability (bill paying, public transit options, and breaking public safety information), and  Outstanding Public/Private Collaborations, the County’s 55,000 square foot Young-At-Art Museum and Broward County Library facility in Davie.

In June, Broward County won 27 separate Awards of Excellence from NACIO, the National Association of County Information Officers and an affiliate of NACo. This was more than any other locality in the nation.

Finally, and of special pride for me, July brought the news Broward County had been chosen for the 2013 National Award for County Arts Leadership.  This national award is bestowed by Americans For The Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education.  This is the second time the County has been given this prestigious award and Broward is the only county in Florida to have ever received it.  Broward was recognized for implementing its 2020 Cultural Plan and for stewardship of an arts/culture industry that generates $230 million in area economic activity and nearly a $22 million return on investment in local and state revenues.

On that high note I shalll close.  However, let me also take this opportunity to mention we commemorate Columbus Day October 12th, and extend my wishes for a Safe and Happy Halloween at the end of the month.  Please continue to contact me at the office at 954-357-7006, or by e-mail at sgunzburger@broward.org